Gillham Wood mini-bioblitz

, 23 May 2017
Gillham Wood mini-bioblitz

By Graeme Lyons

Senior ecologist

Last week, Alice and I did a 'mini-bioblitz' at Gillham Wood. One of our smaller sites with no designations (in over seven years of blogging, this is my first post about the site!), it's much lower down the priority list for monitoring. This means we don't do much structured monitoring there, it's simply not going to greatly inform management. It's at sites like this that casual recording is welcome though, so we attempted to see if we could beat the 108 species noted on the spreadsheet. We did, with 145 species in just over two hours. The highlight was this micro moth which I beat from a Hawthorn on the southern edge of the wood. It's Spuleria flavicaput (what an awesome scientific name?) or the yellow-headed cosmet. The are only six records in the county so it's quite a goody and it's new to the whole reserve network. It's my 1045th moth and 6545th species. It's the 1233rd moth on our reserves and the 9846th species we've recorded on our reserves so far. We also recorded a few nice ancient woodland indicators such as pignut, wood speedwell and butcher's broom.

Now to catch up with entering some records, my 40,000th record is coming up!

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  • Tony Hammond:

    Many thanks for all your and Alice’s efforts at the recent Gillham Wood ‘bioblitz’. It was a fascinating and rewarding experience…

    26 May 2017 12:17:05